The Official Best Motivational Sports Personalities for Your Event

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Senior Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Manager
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Sports Speakers

If you want to impress your guests at corporate events, look no further than our great sports stars! From the Champions League to Wimbledon, many high-profile sporting events are scheduled each year.

These competitions continue to produce some of the greatest athletes in human history, leading to a wide range of sports speakers available to book for conferences and webinars. As 63% of people describe themselves as a sports fan, these speakers are guaranteed to engage large audiences. 

Who are the best sports speakers available to book? 

Discover our top pick of footballers, Olympians, cricketers and more! These speakers are renowned for their inspiring stories and outstanding career achievements. 

To hire a motivational sports speaker, simply contact a booking agent at The Motivational Speakers Agency. We are experts in hiring top speakers for events around the world, as our stress-free process takes care of contracts and invoices, so you can focus on your event. 

Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams is a renowned sports personality and an inspiration to many. She achieved remarkable success as the first-ever female Olympic champion in boxing. Born in Leeds, Nicola's journey to greatness is a testament to her dedication, perseverance, and determination. Her remarkable achievements include two Olympic Gold medals and numerous world championship titles.

Nicola's remarkable story and her ability to break down barriers have made her a highly sought-after motivational speaker. Through her speeches, she shares her experiences, challenges, and triumphs, inspiring audiences to pursue their dreams and overcome obstacles. Nicola continues to be an influential role model in the world of sports.

Official Testimonial for Nicola Adams

What an amazing role model to us all. Nicola’s unique humility and wonderfully warm personality inspired us all in what is achievable in life with purpose and hard work. The Q&A format was a big success, everyone loved the format! I would wholeheartedly recommend Nicola for the incredible impression she can make.

Brian, SVP & GM EMEA

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is a legendary figure in the world of tennis and an influential advocate for gender equality. She led an illustrious career that revolutionised women's tennis and left a lasting impact on the sport. Billie has an impressive list of accomplishments, including 39 major titles, both in singles and doubles competitions.

Billie played a pivotal role in establishing the Women's Tennis Association and fought tirelessly for equal prize money and recognition for female athletes. Her famous Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs in 1973 showcased her determination and skill while bringing attention to gender inequality in sports. Billie continues to inspire generations as a motivational speaker, promoting equality and empowering audiences around the world.

Official Testimonial for Nicola Adams

The depth of what [Billie Jean King] accomplished as a player and activist make choosing one singular milestone impossible. Cumulatively, there have been few who have had a greater impact on their sport than King.

- International Tennis Hall of Fame

Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson is a rugby icon and leading sports speaker on teamwork, determination and personal development. He is the perfect addition to corporate after dinner events, as his entertaining speeches include actionable takeaways for employees to learn from.

The 2003 Rugby World Cup victor has the celebrity status and down-to-earth personality to truly connect with audiences. Martin toured the world while playing for England, making 84 professional appearances on a national level and 362 with the Leicester Tigers. Such experiences, including winning four Premiership titles and multiple European Cups, make Martin an unbeatable sports speaker.

Martin Johnson's Official Speaking Topics

  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Taking Opportunities
  • Maximising Success
  • Achieving Goals
  • Teamwork & Leadership

Casey Stoney

Casey Stoney is an advocate for women’s and LGBTQ+ rights, using her voice to highlight injustices not just in football but in society as a whole. When Charlton Athletic's men’s team was relegated, Charlton disbanded their entire women’s team, despite their incredible success. Frustrated, Casey made a statement against the decision; “I’m disgusted with the club – the men get relegated, and we get punished”.

Casey continues to highlight such an unjust decision, using her high-profile status to speak for the disappointment of countless fans. Named 50th on The Independent newspaper’s Pink List of Influential Lesbian and Gay People in the UK, Casey incorporates her advocacy for LGBTQ+ representation into her motivational speeches.

Official Testimonial for Casey Stoney

Everything went very well with Casey today, she was really amazing. Thank you for the organisation.

- Veronika, Zentiva

Matthew Hoggard

In his heyday of 2006, having helped England to retain The Ashes, Matthew Hoggard was ranked as the 4th Best Test Match Bowler in the World. He was awarded an MBE for his role in the Ashes victory, named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year and was cited as England's Best Bowler, feats that earned Matthew a place in the sporting history books. 

Today, Matthew is a captivating pundit and motivational speaker, able to inspire guests with his wealth of stories. His vast experience as captain of Leicestershire County Cricket Club makes him a leadership expert, a vital topic of corporate conferences. Mathew's global popularity leaves audiences in awe and ensures the success of your event.

Official Testimonial for Matthew Hoggard

Matthew Hoggard was the perfect guest of honour at our dinner. Friendly, funny and entertaining. He was willing to help us in any way he could on the night which ended with his fantastic speech which was packed with laughs. Incredibly easy to deal with, he made our evening a wonderful success. I would wholly recommend him.

Paul Smith, Brainwave

Eniola Aluko

On top of her natural talent as a footballer, Eniola Aluko also became the first female pundit on BBC's Match of the Day in 2014. With a taste for the screen, she then joined the punditry team at the 2016 European Championships and later became an ITV pundit throughout the 2018 World Cup.

Due to her charismatic speaking style and explosive footballing career, Eniola is one of the most sought-after female inspirational speakers and football speakers in the country. Eniola engages audiences everywhere, positioning herself as a leading sporting authority.

Eniola Aluko's Official Speaking Topics

  • Mental resilience and personal determination
  • Leading a team to success
  • Pioneering female representation

Andy Murray

Andy Murray is the most recognisable figure in tennis. The 2012 US Open Champion and Gold medal-winning Olympian is the epitome of peak performance, a driving spirit that led him to secure nearly 50 career titles. On top of his sporting career, Andy is also a well-loved media star who has appeared on television multiple times, generating a loyal fanbase of tennis fans and general audiences alike.

When booked for events, Andy is guaranteed to leave guests star-struck. His unique understanding of mental and physical resilience can be translated to a corporate environment, making him not just an entertaining speaker but an insightful addition to events. 

Andy Murray's Official Speaking Topics

  • Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • Achieving Goals

Fara Williams

As a footballer, Fara Williams dominates the field, the success of which she shares in her speeches. Having spent 18 years with some of the top teams in English football, it is no surprise that Fara is England's most-capped footballer of all time, with an unprecedented 170 appearances.

As a public speaker, it is impossible not to be motivated by Fara’s tireless work ethic and mental resilience, earning her a spot as one of the best inspirational players, leaders and speakers globally. Her story of hardship to sporting success touches audiences, leading to a resounding emotional impact. 

Fara Williams' Official Speaking Topics

  • Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • International Football
  • English Football

Steph Houghton

As a leading light in women’s football, Steph Houghton’s unflinching passion for the game is palpable. She has gained resounding success captaining both Manchester City Ladies and the England team, leading both teams to significant success.

Thriving as a centre-back, Steph is categorised by her tough-tackling, positional play and fearless leadership. With her momentous skill set, Steph has earned herself 100 caps for England and countless trophies. Steph is an ideal speaker for any event, engaging with audiences to promote the same determination she used to gain sporting success.

Steph Houghton's Official Speaking Topics

  • Peak Performance
  • International Football
  • Drive & Determination
  • Sporting Success
  • Teamwork & Leadership
  • Overcoming Adversity

Laura Kenny

Laura Kenny has wowed with her ability to deliver peak performance in sports. This was never more evident than after the Olympic champion returned to the tracks just six months after giving birth. The sporting superstar won Gold in the women's scratch race at the National Championships to mark her first appearance since 2015. Since then, she has continued to impress.

With four Olympic gold medals to her name, Laura is the most decorated British Olympian of all time. Able to inspire guests with topics such as mental toughness and sporting success, she is a must for sporting events and corporate engagements.

Laura Kenny's Official Speaking Topics

  • Teamwork
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Peak Performance

Book a World-Class Sports Speaker

With The Motivational Speakers Agency, you can browse 1000s of incredible sports speakers, as well as leading experts in motivation, teamwork and leadership.

To book a sports speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact The Motivational Speakers Agency by emailing [email protected] or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 0787 876

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Senior Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Manager

Chris Tompkins is a prominent Senior Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Manager at The Motivational Speakers Agency. Having joined the team in October 2019 as an After Dinner Speakers Sales Executive, Chris has swiftly made his mark. His previous roles as a Sales and Service Representative at James Boylan Safety Ltd and an Account Manager at Flogas Britain provided a strong foundation for his current position.


In his time at The Motivational Speakers Agency, Chris has successfully booked speakers for prestigious clients such as GoCardless, the Ministry of Defence, the NHS and Boots. He has collaborated with notable speakers including Jamil Qureshi and Jason Fox, showcasing his ability to connect with top-tier talent. As the agency’s resident expert on diversity and inclusion speakers, Chris has established significant relationships with advocates for equality and social mobility globally. His expertise spans various aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion, from neurodiversity to racial equality.


Outside the office, Chris is equally dedicated. He coaches his son's under-8 football team and enjoys golf, football and quality time with his wife and children. At work, his passion for sports shines through as he also specialises in booking Olympic and Paralympic athletes, footballers, rugby speakers and more. Chris's multifaceted expertise and personal passions make him an invaluable asset to The Motivational Speakers Agency.


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